Elected to office beginning January 1, 2000, Frank Leone has been a dedicated champion of musicians’ rights and fair business practices all throughout his career. Leading to his election, he served faithfully on the Board of Directors of Local 369 from 1986-1999. This is his 16th year as President. The fruits of his skill in negotiating led to many production contracts through the years, most recently Jersey Boys, Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, and Bob Anderson’s Sinatra tribute; Frank: The Man, The Music, at the Venetian. These two shows feature orchestras of 30 and 31 musicians.
His ability and expertise as a musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger garnered him an illustrious career, working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including: Red Skelton (1985-1994); Engelbert Humperdinck (1983-1984); Paul Anka (1975-1982); Sergio Franchi (1969-1970); beginning as Musical Director of The Minsky Follies at the Aladdin Hotel (1968-69). As pianist in the Main Showrooms for both The Las Vegas Hilton and Caesars Palace (1971-1975), Mr. Leone accompanied a cadre of stars that include: Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Steve and Eydie, Carol Channing, Anthony Newley, Roy Clark, Ben Vereen, Robert Goulet, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Ike and Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and The Pips, B.B. King, Ann-Margaret, Tony Bennett, Goldie Hawn and Elvis Presley, with whom he also toured.
He has numerous television and recording credits to his name, and additional performances with many other celebrities, including: Natalie Cole, Barbara Mandrell, Eartha Kitt, Raquel Welch, Tony Martin and Cyd Charisse, Lovelace Watkins, Peggy Lee, Dionne Warwick, Andy Gibb, Tony Orlando, Helen Reddy, Vicki Carr, Mirielle Mathieu and Juliet Prowse, and the Pat Cooper Show. He can be seen conducting and playing on the DVD, Engelbert Humperdinck In Concert-Live at Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He began serious studies at age 14, with Philadelphia’s celebrated composer, Romeo Cascarino; in what was to become a lifelong affiliation. At age 17 he received a scholarship to the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Vincent Persichetti. At age 19, he was accepted into The Curtis Institute of Music, where he received the degrees, Bachelor and Master of Music under the tutelage of Vittorio Giannini, Nicolas Flagello (composition), and Vladimir Sokoloff (piano).